California Changes to Two-Day Bar Exam in 2017

Mullins' Musings

The California State Bar Test will now be two days instead of three beginning July 2017. No, this change is not due to the miserable bar pass rate of the last two bar exams, 39.5% and 48% respectively, but has been under study for some time. According to the Committee of Bar Examiners, the experts assure the reliability of the new test will not change, although the test will still examine the same thirteen subjects, minus one essay and one performance test. Multi-choice will comprise the entire second day.

Toni Felciano Memorial Scholarships

Toni Felciano scholarship recipients

Five Empire College hospitality majors were honored to receive a Toni Felciano Memorial Scholarship on July 28. Antoinette "Toni" Felciano was an Empire graduate who worked at the California Welcome Center in Santa Rosa. Her coworkers wanted to give something back to the community that she would approve of and raised enough money to fund classes for five Empire students. Members of Toni’s family and Chamber President/CEO Jonathan Coe attended the presentation.

Immigration Law Clinic Expands Services

Empire College Immigration Law Clinic expands services with Catholic Charities

As featured in The Press Democrat "Celebrate Community Partner Publication" 8/26/15:

Empire College is said to be located in the heart of the wine country, literally and figuratively. The Santa Rosa based campus not only offers Sonoma County residents pathways to successful careers, they’ve also continued to build on their commitment of offering pro bono legal aid to the local community.

Celebrating Administrative Professionals

Business students at Empire College study the latest technologies

Empire College business administration students will be joining the global celebration this week to express appreciation for the contributions that multi-tasking, rockstar admins make to their organizations. The festivities begin Monday with an IAAP bake sale at which the adorable lemonade and iced tea critters pictured below will be sold for one dollar.

Empire College business students prepare for Administrative Professionals Week

Welcoming Dean Mullins

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J. Michael Mullins, Dean, Empire College School of Law

Empire College School of Law faculty and students welcomed their new Dean, J. Michael Mullins, at a "Meet & Greet" last week. Dean Mullins, who was appointed Dean effective March 1, 2015, is the seventh dean in the Law School's history.

Law students welcome Dean Mullins



Congratulations to graduates and alumni hired this month:

Nadya (recent Medical graduate) accepted a Medical Assistant/PSR position with Sutter Health

Tiffaney (recent Medical graduate) accepted a Medical Assistant position with Santa Rosa Spine Institute

Christine (recent Medical graduate) accepted a Coder position with Northern California Medical Associates

Ilse (recent Medical graduate) accepted a Medical Assistant position with Petaluma Health Center

Remembering Empire College founder, champion Henry Trione

Henry and Eileen Trione at the July 2014 Empire College commencement.

Yesterday the community celebrated the extraordinary life of Henry Trione. Much has been written about his entrepreneurial spirit and innumerable contributions to our community which include Empire College, the gift he consistently said was his “proudest achievement.”

Empire College graduates honor Henry Trione at their commencement in July 2014.

Turning Thought Into Action

BrainGate System

Medical Mentor Jackie Young created a new concept that will be continued throughout the year...a free dress day on the anniversary of a medical breakthrough. The first one on January 26 related to the BrainGate System:

New Hires for the New Year !!

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Congratulations to graduates/alumni hired this month:

Jessica (recent Medical graduate) accepted a Medical Assistant position with Medical Professional Staffing

Megan (recent Medical graduate) accepted a Medical Assistant position with Coastal Health Alliance

Tara (recent Medical graduate) accepted a Medical Support Assistant position with MGA Healthcare

Candy (recent Medical graduate) accepted a Clinical Lab Assistant position with St. Joseph Health

Empire Receives Nation's Top Honor for Community Service

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Logo

We are bursting with pride at Empire College! For the third straight year, Empire was named to President Obama’s 2014 Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The honor roll program annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.